Negotiate, unless it’s 88 cents.

April 16, 2009

Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM), the nation’s most comprehensive home furnishings store located in Omaha, Kansas City, and Des Moines. A one-stop destination for all your needs for home furnishings, electronics, entertainment, and more.

I was informed by a Nebraska native that if you are in shopping at NFM and you’re looking to pay less than the sticker price for an item, to look at the cents value of the sticker. If you find an item with the value of 88 cents on the end of a price, it’s a hidden flag for a salesmen that the price is final and non-negotiable.

So if you’re looking for a flat-screen television and you find one priced at $736.88, its a non-negotiable sticker price. However, if you find it for a value like $745.98 then you’re odds to negotiate may be in favor. I’ve yet to negotiate the price, but it would have been nice to know for my previous purchases. I don’t know how reasonable of a negotiation you can make, but you have nothing to lose.

As for a testament of this story, this native went to the Kansas City location to buy bar stools. At list price of 99.99 he offered the salesmen $75.00 per Bar stool. The salesmen played the I don’t know what you mean card, and he said in Omaha nobody pays the sticker price for anything. She ended up saying how they aren’t suppose to talk about that at the Kansas City branch, and then sold him the stools for $75.00 each.

Just a thought on your next visit. Look for the 88 cents and negotiate the negotiable.

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